Tile is an age-old design material that is as popular as ever today. Tile patterns have taken on new life and the possibilities are endless for what you can create with tile, especially in kitchens and bathrooms.
Tile is beloved for its high-end visual appeal, but it does come with some disadvantages. Alternatively, you can achieve the high-end, interesting appearance of tile with stamped concrete.
Which is the better of the two options? Let’s take a closer look!
Tile flooring provides a stylish, hard surface that’s water resistant and generally long-lasting. Individual tiles, however, can be prone to breaking. One of the biggest downsides of tile flooring, however, is the installation. Installing (and also removing) tiles is known to be laborious, with the mortar being put down, each tile being laid individually, and then grout being placed in between the tiles.
This installation process can add a considerable amount to the cost of tile flooring.
While tile is easy to clean and holds its appearance, the grout can become stained and discolored over time. Shifting ground could cause tile to become uneven or misaligned as well.
Also, the durability of tile can vary depending on the type of tile chosen, which in turn, affects appearance. So, the tile you might think is most attractive also might not be as strong. Pricing is greatly affected by the tile material chosen.
Stamped concrete offers essentially all of the advantages of tile, from durability to water resistance. The installation process, however, tends to be quicker, especially if you have a concrete base in place already.
Best of all, you’re able to customize it to look however you want. You can mimic another type of tile material, or you can opt for a more unique design. The choices are nearly limitless. Because the same tools and materials are being used regardless, pricing stays affordable and the durability remains as strong as ever.
Though stamped concrete installation might not be the hassle that laying tile is, it still requires a deft touch and some specific tools. That’s why it’s best to leave it to a professional. If you’re redoing your flooring, stamped and stained concrete offer limitless options for an affordable price.